Author: Maud Jeanne Franc
Publisher: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
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Book from the collections of: Oxford University
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February 1, 2013
Vermont Vale was Maud Jeanne Franc's second novel, her first being Marion published in 1859. Vermont Vale was published in 1866.
Originally, she signed herself as Maud Jean Franc, but later used variations, Maud Jeanne Franc (which is the most popular), Maude Jean Franc, Maude Jeanne Franc and Maud J. Franc. Her real name was Matilda Jane Evans, nee Congreve, and her pen name was a variation on her Christian names.
Maud Jeanne Franc wrote 14 novels, as well as a number of short stories, which were published in Australian journals. The novels are as follows:
MARIAN; or The Light Of Someone's Homes. A Tale of Australian Bush Life (1859)
VERMONT VALE; or Home Pictures in Australia, (1866)
EMILY'S CHOICE: An Australian Tale (1867)
GOLDEN GIFTS: An Australian Tale (1869)
MINNIE'S MISSION: An Australian Temperance Tale (1869)
SILKEN CORDS AND IRON FETTERS: An Australian Tale (1870)
JOHN'S WIFE (1874)
HALL'S VINEYARD (1875)
LITTLE MERCY; or For Better, For Worse (1878)
BEATRICE MELTON'S DISCIPLINE (1880)
NO LONGER A CHILD (1882)
CHRISTMAS BELLS (1882) - actually a couple of short stories and poems, not strictly a novel.
'TWO SIDES TO EVERY QUESTION', From a South Australian Standpoint (1883)
INTO THE LIGHT (1885)
THE MASTER OF RALSTON (1885)
All the dates provided are publishing dates for the Australian editions. Maud Jeanne Franc's works were all published first in Australia before being printed in Great Britain and elsewhere.
Although English by birth, Muad Jeanne Franc spent most of her life in South Australia. She arrived in South Australia in 1852 when the colony was only sixteen years old (It was settled in 1836). Most of her writings are set in South Australia. Consequently, her novels should be classified as Australiana.
She was a contemporary of Catherine Helen Spence, (also found on Internet Archive). Both authoresses ought to be classified under Australia, or at least tagged. The same goes for Andrew Barton Paterson (New South Wales), Henry Lawson (New South Wales), Ethel Turner (New South Wales), Mary Grant Bruce (Victoria) and Katharine Susannah Prichard (Victoria), all of which can be found at Internet Archive.
Just as an aside, it seems that collections are defined by the sources of the books, and can be misleading, for example, Toronto, Americana and European Libraries, for the Australian authors mentioned. However, these collections do illustrate how widely read Australian authors were. Unfortunately, Australian libraries have not contributed digital collections as the American and Canadian libraries have done.
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